Lake City High School reinstates mask mandate as COVID outbreak worsens

Lake City High School
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COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — A worsening COVID outbreak at Lake City High School has forced school officials to reinstate a mask mandate for all students, staff and visitors.

School officials say at least 23 students have tested positive for the virus since April 26, with 20 of those attributed to in-school transmission. Two staff members and three bus drivers are among those in quarantine.

The school says many more students likely have COVID and are spreading it to others—in one instance, officials say two students tested positive for COVID, knew they were infected, neglected to tell the school or health district, and continued going to school and exposing classmates.

Students are also not following school protocols requiring face masks unless they are fully vaccinated.

School officials say their mitigation strategies have not been effective in slowing the spread of the virus, and with only three weeks left in the school year, the “situation has reached a critical juncture.”

All students, staff and visitors must wear face coverings while at school at all times, no exceptions.

The school is also working with the health district to implement contact tracing and get nurses from other schools, and will be sending emails to parents when they learn of any new cases.

Lastly, students will not be allowed back on campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19, and will be required to quarantine for two weeks.

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